20 Foodie Questions: Chef Gary Gutierrez

For the New Year’s edition of my 20 Foodie Questions, I am featuring Figaro Coffee Company’s R&D Chef Gary Gutierrez. 🙂

Name: Gary T. Gutierrez
Country of Residence:Philippines

1. Your Restaurant/Business:Figaro Coffee System Inc. / Bite Me!
2. About Your ideal Kitchen: 60’s Diner Contemporary
3. Your Favorite baked Item: Coffee Cake
4. First Job: Bank Teller
6. Your Awards: Food Showdown Silver Awardee – Wedding Cake category
7. Your Cooking Inspiration: Gale Gand/Martha Stewart
8. Your Specialty Cakes: Tablea Blackout Cake / Tropical Carrot Cake
9. Favorite Dish To Eat: Polynesian Chicken *Tinola 😉
10. Weirdest Thing You Ever Ate: Sea Urchin
11. Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Coffee Crumble
12. Favorite Drink: Red Iced Tea
13. Favorite Dessert: Ube Jam *Purple Yam
14. Who Would You Most Like To Bake For: Love Ones *family *relatives *close friends
15. Who Would You Least Like To Bake For?.. Odd-Air headed People? Ahahah
16. Favorite Things to Do When Not Baking: Grocery Chore
17. Your Latest Project: Cake Line Up of Bite Me!
18. Favorite City/ Country and Why: Auckland, New Zealand. Why? Simply Laid Back 😉
19. Your Greatest Indulgence: A Jar of Nutella
20. Your All Time Best Baking Tips: Know your ingredients well. And always Bake when you are in a good mood not the other way around Hehe 😉



The 20 Foodie Questions: Chef Mark Infante

Welcome to my newest concept “The 20 Foodie Questions”.

I always believe that before you go global, one should be able to harness the particular and therefore it is just proper to recognize our home grown talents. So every month I will feature a chef with their answers to the 20 foodie questions.

For the first edition, I am featuring my very good friend Chef Mark Infante.


Name:  Chef Mark Infante

Age:  27

Nationality: Filipino

Country of Residence: Philippines

1. Your Current Job/ Business: Research and Development (R&D) Chef, Event Stylist, Part time Chef Instructor 

2. About Your ideal Kitchen: I would like a modern , granite work tops, a double oven but raised at eye level.

3. Your Favorite cooking Item: Chef’s Knife and My Old hand mixer is definitely my most useful item for 7 years

4. First Job:  Chef Instructor and part-time Chef consultant at my uncle’s Pub house.

5. Your favorite Cookbook: Cook’s Bible, Chocolate Unwrapped by Sarah Jane Evans

6. Your Awards: None that I can remember

7. Your Cooking Inspiration: My inspiration was my mom. She’s a great cook.

8. Your Specialty Dish: Seafood Ravioli in creamy aligue sauce

9. Favorite Dish To Eat: Vietnamese food  (Bahn mi), Singaporean Laksa, Thai

10. Weirdest Thing You Ever Ate:  Durian

11. Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Dark Chocolate, Pistachio, Vanilla

12. Favorite Drink: Earl grey Milk tea and Green tea frappe

13. Favorite Wine: Hermits or any Dessert wines

14. Who Would You Most Like To Cook For: I would love to cook for Chef Bernadette Olivares she used to be my mentor when I was in college.

15. Who Would You Least Like To Cook For: People who are on diet.

16. Favorite Things To Do When Not Cooking: Watching TV series, going for a grocery, and shopping

17. Your Latest Project: I prepared 3 course 20 pax menu for friend’s birthday last February

18. Favorite City/ Country and Why: Pampanga is the best for me. There are lots of good restaurants and super delicious foods.

19. Your Greatest Indulgence: Real Belgian chocolates

20. All Time Best Culinary Tip: Cook with your heart